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A loyal character dies a traitor’s death in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 was all kind of massive, as promised. And as expected, many died. The first one to go, however, was not a war casualty. It was his loyalty (or lack of it, depending on the side) that done him in.

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, get your SPOILER BUCKET on right now!

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Forced to choose between the realm and his Queen, Varys shifted his loyalty again and paid the price by facing Drogon’s fiery breath. He chose to betray Daenerys Targaryen in favour of sitting Jon Snow on the Throne. But Jon wasn’t interested in his schemes, Daenerys found out, and as expected, there was no mercy.

She had promised she’d burn him alive if he ever betrays her, and she keeps her promise. Varys’ destiny finally came round, just as Melisandre had predicted back in Season 7, standing on this very island of Dragonstone.

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But it isn’t Jon who betrays Varys to Daenerys, it’s Tyrion. She already knew someone was betraying her, and when confronted, Tyrion had no choice but to tell her. Such an irony that it was Tyrion, the only person Varys could have called a friend, who ultimately betrayed him.

In a scene eerily resembling of Stannis Baratheon’s fire sacrifice scenes from Season 2, a pale and furious Daenerys stands on the Dragonstone shores, flanked by Jon and Tyrion and facing Varys.  Till his last breath, Varys hopes to be proven wrong about Daenerys.

As Drogon’s massive head swims up over Daenerys’ head and floods Varys in golden flame, Tyrion looks away, and even Jon seems uneasy.

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He may have done enough damage to the Dragon Queen’s cause before his death, however. The episode opens with Varys writing multiple letters carrying the same information – Jon Snow is in truth Aegon Targaryen, lawful son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, and as such the one rightful heir of the Iron Throne. Who knows how many of them reached their intended destinations?

The Master of Whisperers betrayed many kings and queens in his life, yet his loyalty has always been unshakably towards the realm. In that sense, Varys died as he lived. But did his betrayal ultimately contribute to the red fury of Daenerys and the ruin of King’s Landing? Guess we’ll keep pondering that for a long time!






Writer, translator, and high fantasy nerd based in Kolkata, India. Would dearly love to own a pet dragon some day, but the black market isn't really helping.

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Game of Thrones Finale sees Arya Stark finally embracing her old dream

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Game of Thrones series Finale gave each character their dues, some satisfactory and some not so much. But the Stark kids seem to be doing pretty well! Just as Sansa got her childhood wish, Arya Stark too took her first steps in a direction she always wanted to go.

This post contains spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the finale yet (but seriously, what are you doing? Hurry up!).

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“What’s West of Westeros?” Arya Stark had asked out back in Season 6. She was talking to Lady Crane, an actress who helped her with a stab wound and let Arya stay at her place. That’s what she really wants, to go off exploring beyond where the maps stop.

She couldn’t then. Arya came back home, avenged her family’s death, saved humanity from the undead invasion and survived the carnage at King’s Landing. All her duties done, and Winter already receding, Arya now goes back to her old dream of becoming an explorer. In the last scenes of Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale, we see Arya sailing on a ship, journeying to the “west of Westeros”.

Arya had always been an anomaly in the rigid society of Westeros. She was expected to marry a lord and bear his children. But Arya never saw herself in that role. That’s why she rejected Gendry’s proposal in episode 4, even though she clearly had affection for him. She knew that marriage, even to someone she loves, will bind her in society’s expectations. Arya rejected that with all her heart.

Game of Thrones may not be as kind to everyone, but I’m glad at least Arya got her happy ending!






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In Game of Thrones Series Finale, a new era dawns on the Small Council

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By the end of the Game of Thrones Series Finale, Westeros is not as it was before. Some changes are big and are immediately visible, like the fate of the Starks and the Targaryens. But some changes are subtle, yet far more impactful in the long run. One such detail is the all-new Small Council of King’s Landing that is formed after the Last War.

This post contains massive spoilers, so be warned!

In an unexpected twist, Brandon Stark was chosen as the King of the Six Kingdoms (North chose to remain out). And as tradition demands, a small council was formed to aid him in the ruling. As Bran’s chosen Hand, Tyrion Lannister presides over the existent Small Council, whose main work is filling up the vacant posts right now. But the people who get precedence in joining the Small Council is quite interesting.

Here are all of them: Ser Davos Seaworth as Master of Ships, Ser Bronn of Blackwater as Master of Coin, Samwell Tarly as Grand Maester, and Brienne of Tarth as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Now let’s have a closer look.

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Davos and Bronn are lowborn – one was a smuggler and another a mercenary. Sam is a Black Brother whose rights to hold power positions were forfeited. The Kingsguards are all knights and women cannot be knights in Westeros. Brienne would have been barred out of this position by her gender alone – and yet here she is.

In the deeply feudal society of Westeros, the four principle advisers to the King are people who have no birthright to be there, yet all of them have gone through enough experience to earn their place (Although Bronn’s position seems to be a trade-off regarding his ‘service’ of the Lannister brothers). That’s a quiet revolution going on right there.

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With the Iron Throne gone and the hereditary kingship system broken (Bran cannot father children and his successor will have to be chosen), the Small Council’s power and prominence grow tenfold. Democracy or not,  interesting times ahead for Westeros!






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Drogon broke the wheel in the Game Of Thrones series finale

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Why did Drogon do THAT in the series finale

The last episode to the Game of Thrones series dropped today and things went up in flames courtesy Drogon. Tons of spoilers coming up ahead so watch out.

With a little cajoling from Tyrion and yeah, also the fact that Daenerys barbecued thousands of innocent civilians in King’s Landing, Jon FINALLY came to the conclusion that Dany probably wasn’t the best option for Westeros. After a final bout of reasoning where he tried to make her see the light and she refused, Jon finally decided he had had enough and stabbed her in the gut.

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Drogon then arrived on the scene and upon realising his mom was dead, went on a fiery rampage that didn’t char grill Jon Snow as you would have expected. Instead, he turned on the Iron Throne and melted it to the ground. If you think about it, this was kind of poetic. Daenerys has been talking about breaking the wheel for as long as anyone can remember. The Iron Throne through the often questionable people who sat on it has been the site of injustice and atrocity, and in melting it down, Drogon paid a final tribute to his mother by breaking the final wheel. In addition to this, it was her ancestor who built the Iron Throne using Dragon fire and now Dragon fire was used to destroy it.

The series really did come full circle because the object that everyone’s been fighting over since the very beginning, is now no more.

What did you think of the finale?






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